Region 3

Welcome to the Region 3 Education & Lifelong Learning homepage




Our distance Learning Programme IS OPEN for Expressions of interest so have a look at our range of courses and study for some useful and interesting qualifications  and expresss your interest on the red button


We are asking potential Learners to complete the Skill check exercise  as a prelude to  induction on our varied and interesting Level 2 Courses and there  is more variety to choose from.


Our Autism awareness course remains  particularly popular and there has been much interest in our Nutrition and Health and our Team Leading Knowledge Courses as well as the Mental Health Awareness course.


This year we will be using a slightly different method of delivery and signing on which we will explain.

If you would like a Station visit to outline what we can offer and the benifits of our Distance Learning Courses contact PSO Ian Dick at or on 07917031847. Courses this year are subject to availability on a strict timetable of achievement but all will be explained in an Individual enrolment session


Our Twitter Page is a good place to stop off and see what we are up to so pay us a visit soon!


Our Personal Training Apprenticeship is still available but due to the nature of funding from Fire and Rescue Service Apprenticeship Levies you will need to lobby your Management teams and Local FBU Officials in order to join the hundreds of successful Personal Trainers nationally who have beniffited from the Course. If your FRS is interested get them to get in touch.


You may have also heard about our Heat Illness Prevention Awareness  or H.I.P.A. training with a Power point already available and E learning platform and Level 2 Course to follow shortly.Ask you Management and Local officials about the roll out of this pioneering and Safety Critical initiative which is already part of many FRS Training initiatives.




The Union Learning role is to promote Lifelong Learning throughout the North East to all FBU members, friends and family, to Fire Authority employees and their families and to Community groups and initiatives


Through our partnerships, with Fire and Rescue Services and Education Providers, we aim to offer different courses throughout the academic year, August to July including the functional skills of literacy, numeracy and IT up to and including Level 2


Our Learning Centre Staff and Project Support Organisers can also provide Information, Advice & Guidance to help you make the right decision on accessing new learning opportunities. If you are not sure about your first step back into learning or need help making the right decision about your next course or qualification then we can help you; we can also provide information that will help guide you to the right learning provider.  


Just contact our National Learning Centre Staff or your local Project Support Organiser, Ian Dick  on 07917 031847 and we will make sure you are informed of all options available.


For local support and guidance you can contact your ULR's, Learning Champions, RELO or PSO.In Tyne and Wear we have Russ King our R.E.L.O. , in Durham Dave Welsh and his team are on hand and in Cleveland our support is provided by Alec Johnson and his team .In Northumberland we have the Learning Centre and base for P.S.O. Ian Dick but would welcome the recruitment of new learning champions and ULRs to assist us with the delivery of our courses.


We are also able to provide training and education for reps on FBU and TUC education courses and you can contact your RELO , branch, brigade or regional officials.

If you wish to be part of the team providing learning advice in Region 3 and would like to become a Union Learning Rep (ULR) please contact  the FBU Regional Education and Learning Organiser for Region 3, Russell King, or PSO


For education support and guidance you can contact your local ULR's, Learning Champions, RELO or PSO.


In Region Three in the coming months we are actively recruiting Union Learning Reps (ULR's,) and Learning Champions for all workplaces to help with the advertising and distribution of learning opportunities and qualifications.


Cleveland and Durham & Darlington also now have new ULR's in place but we are always looking for more volunteers .


You can register your interest in any of the courses by clicking on the link on the homepage.

If you do wish to know more about becoming a Learning Champion and what is entails then please contact me on 07917 031847 or email me at 


Thank you for visiting the Learning Page and enjoy your learning.


  • Cleveland FRS
  • Durham & Darlington FRS
  • Northumberland FRS
  • Tyne & Wear FRS


Ian Dick

07917 031 847

Dave Welsh

Role: Durham and Darlington BELO
07495 031691

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